Blumenthal, Ralph. "U.S. Report on Mengele Reaffirms His Death," New York Times, 9

 

Blumenthal, Ralph. "U.S. Report on Mengele Reaffirms His Death," New York Times, 9
October 1992, p. A8.

In a long delayed report, in preparation since 1985, the Justice Department has finally affirms the
death of Joseph Mengele, the Nazi physician who did grisly studies on internees at Aschwitz
during WWII. "The report, prepared by the Criminal Division's Office of Special Investigations,
faulted the postwar American authorities, West Germans, and others, for what it portrayed as
ill-informed, sloppy and sporadic efforts to track down and bring to justice a figure who has
come to embody the most demonic and grisly horrors of the Nazi genocide."

"As a worldwide hunt finally stepped up 40 years after the war, skeletal remains found in a grave
at Embu near Sao Paolo in 1985 were authenticated as his (Mengele's) by forensic experts. But
some discrepancies in the accounts of Dr. Mengele's death fed the skepticism of survivors.

"The Government report recounts an extraordinary international effort to resolve all lingering
doubts. It was only this past winter, it said, that Dr. Mengele's first wife, Irene Hackenjos, and
their son, Rolf, agreed to donate blood samples that were then matched by the new science of
DNA testing, with a 99.0 percent probability, to the remains found in Brazil."

Several commentators report being satisfied with the results. "Elliot Welles, director of the
Anti-Defamation League's task force on Nazi war criminals, and a vocal skeptic in the Mengele
case said that while he too welcomes the report, he wondered how ‘so well-known and notorious
a Nazi could have lived so long in freedom.

"The Government report confirmed that Dr. Mengele was held for several weeks in an American
camp in Schauenstein in June 1945 and then in a second camp at Helmbrechts for another two
weeks.

"Although the Nazi doctor was already listed as wanted, and probably possessed discharge
papers in his true name, he did not bear the usual SS tatoo of his blood type under his left arm
and so escaped detection in the cursory Army checks before mass prisoner-released, the report
confirmed."